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1 Are Void Moons & Mercury Retrogrades all that bad? By Samuel F. Reynolds

2 The Horror… Brilliant examples for when the once arcane become profane and scary, like eclipses, Sun signs, and Saturn returns The calls of sheer panic, fear and agony from clients about either one, but mostly Mercury Retrograde

3 My Aspiration Learn new ways to embrace astrological boogey men as blessings and deeper ways to use them rather than fear them, whether youre a beginner or a seasoned professional Ultimately, to re-introduce void moons and mercury retrogrades as interruptions rather than wholesale disruptions.

4 4 Statements Mercury Retrograde is more like a surprise meteorological event, like Hurricane Sandy, except it can happen 3 times a year. Dont do any Mercury related activities, like travel, trade, publish, write, make contracts, etc., during Mercury Retrograde. Retrogrades are best for activities related to re- words in English, like reflect, review, revise, and re-start. Youre immune to Mercury Retrogrades if you were born with Mercury Retrograde.

5 Mercury Retrograde is more like a surprise meteorological event, like Hurricane Sandy, except it can happen 3 times a year. FALSE. Although most people tend to focus on Mercury Retrogrades like theyre natural disasters that crop up out of the blue, theyre regular cycles of conjunction and separation from the Sun, like a rubber band…and like the moon.

6 Courtesy Gary P. Caton, dreamastrologer.com

7 What the cycles of Mercury really teach us… Theres an interior understanding of Mercury and an exterior one. Or as astrologer Dane Rudhyar put it, a Epimethean understanding and a Promethean. In Classical parlance, it is the Occidental Mercury (setting after the Sun) and Oriental Mercury (rising before the Sun) Theres a time to insulate Mercury and a time to activate Mercury.

8 Dont do any Mercury related activities, like travel, trade, publish, write, make contracts, etc., during Mercury Retrograde. FALSE This was my introduction to Mercury Retrograde from my astro-twin. Theres interruption and theres disruption. Mercury speaks more about the relationship between intention & manifestation than cancellation or destruction. Evidence suggests that theres no one size that fits all… In trade, for instance, not all industries/market sector underperform Not every plane, train, or bus is grounded or stalled. Obviously books are still published during Mercury Retrogrades

9 So do you just ignore Mercury Retrograde and trade, publish, write, make contracts, etc. normally? No. Mercury Retrogrades are possible interruptions that can serve as calls for your creativity and attentiveness. Dont expect everything to go as normal. Take extra pre-cautions, but dont be overly cautious or afraid. Dont be afraid to detach or unplug from Mercurial things. Its a great time to connect to OTHER planets, other functions like Venus, Jupiter, Neptune, Saturn, etc.

10 Retrogrades are best for activities related to re- words in English, like reflect, review, revise, and re-start. FALSE Since Mercurys going backwards, it makes sense to envision that its best for activities that take us back. This is not exclusively true though. It is possible to go forward as well with NEW ventures. I know best is not only, but best also implies that its less than best to move forward which is not true, for instance with a wedding election. Mercury Retrograde is a re-MIND-er to keep our heads, whether looking forward or backwards. Its the interruption between the two.

11 Youre immune to Mercury Retrogrades if you were born with Mercury Retrograde. FALSE Theres no immunity for Mercury Retrogrades as all Mercury Retrogrades are not created equal. The impact of retrogrades do depend on the degree & sign of the retrograding station and sometimes the direct station for the Mercury Retrograde period. Also, according to Gary P. Caton, we can look at the elemental focus on Mercury Retrogrades in a year, like 2000 election vs

12 Progressed Mercury Progrades & Retrogrades The cycle of Mercury doesnt stop at birth. By secondary progression, for example, your Mercury could progress from retrograde to direct, depending on your year of life, and vice versa. Likewise, your Mercury could shift from a morning star Mercury to an evening star. This could symbolize a change in your own relationship to Mercury…and your own sensitivity to the symbolic change of a Mercury Retrograde

13 Lose the fear, Gain the REspect… We could RE-name Mercury REtrograde as Mercury Appreciation Month, because its a RE-MIND-er to appreciate all things Mercurial as not given, but REquiring our full attention and gratitude. If you cant pay full attention or experience full gratitude, then perhaps it is wise to stay away from things Mercurial. As Mercury retrogrades, shes preparing for a REbirth, a new moon, prompting us to REnew our outlooks and way of doing things.

14 The Void Moon Of Course

15 4 Statements The Void Moon Of Course is only a transiting moon that wont have any Ptolemaic aspects before it passes into the next sign. All void moons are the sameno matter the sign or the circumstances for that the void moon. Every US Presidential candidate in the last 100 years whos been nominated during a Void Moon has lost. The best thing to do during a void moon is completely nothing because nothing will come of it.

16 The Void Moon Of Course is only a transiting moon that wont have any Ptolemaic aspects before it passes into the next sign. TRUE for many, but not all. Quick review: Ptolemaic aspects are conjunction, sextile, square, trine and opposition. There are actually about 2-3 definitions of the Void Moon Of Course during the history of astrology. Depends on which one you claim.

17 The Void Moon Of Course is only a transiting moon that wont have any Ptolemaic aspects before it passes into the next sign. Some ancient Greek texts say the original void moon of course happens when the moon doesnt make any exact Ptolemaic aspects within the next 30 degrees, regardless of sign boundaries. The medieval definition, especially from English astrologer William Lilly, is that the moon isnt void if its applying by aspect within orb of the next sign. Depends on natural orb of the planets involved. The modern definition is the one most cited and well- known, but its not necessarily the best one.

18 All void moons are the sameno matter the sign or the circumstances for that the void moon. FALSE Taking a cue from Medieval astrologer Guido Bonatti, Lilly also makes exceptions for a void moon in different signs. Those are the signs where the moon has high dignity or a sign of Jupiter: Taurus, Cancer, Sagittarius or Pisces. If the moon is in 1 of those 4 signs, it signifies good in the business, although she be joined to the Infortunes and not to the Fortunes; nor does she, being void of course, prejudice so much in those places as elsewhere, provided she be not combust, for then they will advantage her little or nothing.

19 All void moons are the sameno matter the sign or the circumstances for that the void moon. All circumstances are not the same for a void moon. How you look at a void moon of course for a horary is not how it may be for a birth chart or setting an electional chart. Being born during a void moon doesnt mean you have a void life, por ejemplo. In just a bit, Ill talk about some reasons why you might want to do something during a void moon.

20 Every US Presidential candidate in the last 100 years whos been nominated during a Void Moon has lost. FALSE Theres a couple of problems w/ that statement. Theres no way to verify if its true. We dont have the nomination times for every presidential candidate going back to We dont have a citation that Al Morrison ever said it. Some confusion about when we talk about a nomination. For instance, The moon was void for John Kerrys final delegate vote; not void for his acceptance speech. Finally, Barack Obama did fairly well despite void moons, including when he accepted his nomination August 2012…in Taurus.

21 The best thing to do during a void moon is completely nothing because nothing will come of it. FALSE. Theres a lot you can do during a void of course moon. Heres a couple different ways you can think about what to do during a Void Moon. I like what Bruce Scofield says about the void moon. He calls it a time of drift….when time itself seems to bend and turn, and not head straight to the next milepost. Or the void of the moon means that NOTHING happens, depending on whether thats a good nothing or a bad nothing.

22 The best thing to do during a void moon is completely nothing cuz nothing will come of it. Heres my own personal understanding: Generally, a void of course moon insulates or isolates a thing, person or activity. The Cosmos is an engraver distilling all of the energy of the planets above Earth through the moon as a pale silver pen-tip. When the moon is void, the Cosmos rests its pen. So now: A thing is as it is and going to be, in its own perfected state, good or bad. Or a thing isnt going to change according to ones current intention and perception. Like a document locked against revisions, transformed from a.doc to a.pdf.

23 The best thing to do during a void moon is completely nothing because nothing will come of it. However, you can change how you hold your INTENTION and PERCEPTION during a Void of course Moon A Void moon isnt the best of times to make transformations or kick off anything you want to be dynamic and well- connected, like a local flower shop business. But its great for many other things, including initiating actions that you think will face a lot of scrutiny or possible attack. Lets talk about some unconventional & conventional uses for the Void Moon

24 The best thing to do during a void moon is completely nothing cuz nothing will come of it. Start a campaign that you think will come under a lot of fire Elect a Pope Rest & Relax Edit & Revise Plan Socialize with old friends Get away from it all Make a routine trip A new activity where you have no clear attachments or stakes Confirmation tests, especially after something may be a false positive or negative Mail/file your tax returns Maintenance Put your special belongings in a safe deposit box

25 Void = an insulated pause… A Void Moon can either inspire you to be creative and flexible with your intentions or prompt you to release all intentions and enjoy the pause. Its an interruption to an intention thats bubble wrapped. Great if you want something preserved, not so great if not. So start practicing with this afternoons void moon at 2:25p.

26 A Void Moon + Mercury Retrograde=??? They both signify an interruption to our intentions opportunities to know that we live in a cosmos that we serve as much as we are served by. They both can be powerful timing tools for constructive uses of interruptions rather than fearing that either event foils ALL of our intentions or robs us of our ability to be responsible/response-able. They give us the opportunity more to Be Aware rather than Beware!


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